I am a big fan of podcasts. I’m sure this comes as a surprise to nobody, considering that I co-host my own podcast, Library Life. I love putting on a podcast while I’m cleaning or doing some other menial task around the house. I’ve also found podcasts to be extremely helpful in my journey to become a better writer. The podcasts that I enjoy the most are the ones that go beyond technique instruction and speak to the challenges of the writing life. I love podcasts that talk about what it means to lead a creative life and tackle some of the head games that we writers play with ourselves. I find it so encouraging to listen to these podcasts, so I wanted to share them with you.
Write Now with Sarah Werner
Sarah Werner, the host of this podcast, is one of the most genuine podcasters around. She talks very honestly about her struggles and self-doubt regarding her writing. Listening to her work through that stuff on the podcast is so helpful. As she reminds herself of her worth, she reminds us, the listeners. This podcast feels like the hug that every writer needs. Listen to it here.
88 Cups of Tea
This is my latest podcast obsession. This podcast interviews a variety of authors, literary agents and other creative types. The sheer number of big-name guests, such as Tamora Pierce and Sarah J. Maas, makes my jaw drop. There are tons of great interviews all in one place. I’ve mostly listened to the interviews with literary agents, but I want to get into the authors next. The episodes I’ve listened to really helped me understand the publishing world better. The interesting thing about this podcast is that the host, Yin Chang, has an acting background, not a literary one. It’s refreshing because she isn’t afraid to ask the “dumb” questions that all of us are thinking. Their website also filters the episodes into different categories, so you can listen to what interests you most. Listen to it here.
The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins
Jeff Goins’ catchphrase is “real artists don’t starve,” and a lot of his podcast revolves around that idea. He talks a lot about how to build a life that makes room for art on a practical (i.e. financial) level and how to integrate your writing into the life you already have. Lately, I’ve found that he has some really thought-provoking ideas about what it means to be a writer in the world at large. In particular, I’d recommend that you listen to an episode called “The 3 Stages of an Artist’s Work: Transaction, Compromise, Gift.” Listen to the podcast here.
I hope that you enjoy these podcasts as much as I do! Do you have podcasts related to writing/creativity that you find useful? If so, feel free to share them in the comments. I’m always looking for new listening material!